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Nicholas has experience of diverse commercial and public law matters, with particular interests in commercial disputes and civil fraud matters (including injunctions), competition, economic regulation (particularly in energy, financial services, telecoms and transport), tax, State aid, public procurement and general EU law, consumer credit and other consumer protection legislation, and human rights.

  • In 2018/19, Nicholas won EU/Competition Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Awards.
  • In 2017/18, Nicholas was shortlisted as EU/Competition Junior of the Year for the Legal 500 UK Awards.
  • In 2016, Nicholas was recommended by Who’s Who Legal as one of three leading juniors at the UK competition bar.
  • In 2015, Nicholas was the only barrister selected by Global Competition Review in the ‘40 under 40’ list of top young antitrust lawyers worldwide.
  • In 2014, Nicholas was identified by Legal Week as one of ten ‘Stars at the Bar’ recognised for his exceptional abilities in practice at the commercial bar, and described by those instructing him as “intellectually outstanding”, “switched on” and “phenomenally hard-working and conscientious, with great attention to detail”.

Since arriving at Matrix, Nicholas has been instructed by a range of clients in both the public and private sectors, regularly advising major UK companies and multinational businesses as well as government departments and regulators including Ofgem, the ORR, the Competition and Markets Authority (and previously, the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading), the Department for Transport, HMRC and the Home Office. Nicholas was appointed to the Attorney General’s B Panel in 2016, having previously been appointed to the C Panel in 2012. In addition to his work as a junior at all levels of the court system up to the UK Supreme Court, Nicholas has appeared unled in the Court of Appeal, the High Court (the Chancery Division, Queen’s Bench Division, Commercial Court, Technology and Construction Court, and Administrative Court), the Crown Court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the First-tier Tribunal, the Employment Tribunal and the County Court, as well as in LCIA arbitration.  He has also advised and prepared written submissions unled for clients in the European Court of Human Rights.

Nicholas is a member of the Joint Working Party of the Bars and Law Societies of the UK, of the Committee of the Competition Law Association, and of the Consulting Editorial Board of LexisPSL Competition.

Nicholas accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.

Previous experience

Before moving to Matrix in 2009, Nicholas worked for seven and a half years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, where on qualification he practised as an associate and solicitor-advocate in the firm’s Dispute Resolution department specialising in competition, commercial, EU and public law.  During his time as a solicitor, Nicholas advised regulators, major financial institutions and leading companies across a range of industry sectors, as well as acting pro bono for clients in various tribunals.

Nicholas also spent the judicial year 2007 to 2008 working as Judicial Assistant to Lord Bingham of Cornhill and Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe at the House of Lords.

Prior to becoming a solicitor, Nicholas spent time working in the Middle East for the United Nations and other non-governmental organisations on policy and legal matters, including issues of public international law and human rights.

Professional qualifications

  • 2016: Appointed to the Attorney General’s B Panel
  • 2012: Appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel
  • 2010: Registered to practise before the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2009: Called to the bar (England and Wales) as a transferring solicitor-advocate (exempted from all service of pupillage)
  • 2004 – 2009: Qualified as a solicitor-advocate (England and Wales, all courts)
  • 2002 – 2004: Qualified as solicitor (England and Wales)

Academic qualifications

  • 2006: King’s College, University of London, LLM (European Law), Distinction (studying part-time while working full-time at Freshfields)
  • 2001: Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course, Distinction
  • 2000: Nottingham Law School, Post-graduate Diploma in Law (PgDL), Distinction (top in year)
  • 1998: Pembroke College, Cambridge University, BA (Hons) History, Double First (Tripos Parts I and II)

Languages

Nicholas speaks fluent French, having spent six months working in a bilingual office environment in Paris during his solicitor training contract, and has a good working knowledge of Spanish and spoken Arabic.

Publications, Articles and Downloads

Nicholas has lectured and written widely on matters within his expertise, including as visiting lecturer on the LLM course Human Rights: Theory & Practice at King’s College, London, and as a contributor to key practitioner texts, the Cambridge Law Journal, the European Human Rights Law Review and the ukscblog.com and eutopialaw.com blogs, including the publications set out below:

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DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS
WHAT THEY SAY:

Nicholas is ranked in tier 1 by Legal 500 for his Competition law practice, and in tier 2 for his EU law work, and by Chambers & Partners in Competition law and Telecommunications.

Nicholas is also recognised by Who’s Who Legal (UK) as a leading barrister in the law of both Competition and Telecommunications, one of the Bar’s foremost authorities on economic regulation, state aid and public procurement and EU competition law, and one of the ‘Competition Future Leaders’ for the world’s leading competition experts aged 45 and under.

Clients and peers have described Nicholas and his work as follows:

Intelligent, quick to grasp things, personable and passionate.” (Chambers & Partners 2019, Competition)

Highly regarded and tenacious.” (Chambers & Partners 2019, Telecoms)

Really intelligent, sensible, incredibly hardworking and a pleasure to deal with”, offering “pragmatism and clarity” (Who’s Who Legal 2018, Competition)

Very bright, quick on the uptake, approachable, and understands the brief very quickly.” (Legal 500 2018, EU & Competition)

A big asset to the case and a veritable workhorse.” (Chambers & Partners 2017, Competition Law)

Picks up a heavy workload.” “Provides good commercial, pragmatic advice.” (Chambers & Partners 2017, Telecoms)

Terrific; he brings a refreshingly commercial approach to competition law.” (Legal 500 2016, EU & Competition Law)

Carved a name for himself in the telecoms sector”, “very hands-on, very friendly and very approachable” (Chambers & Partners 2015, Telecoms)

Very clever, energetic and hard-working”, “fabulous to have on a case”, “first-class mind for detail” (Chambers & Partners 2015, EU & Competition Law)

Paperwork is excellent” and good to have in court “when you have a difficult case to present” (Chambers & Partners 2014, Telecoms)

Excellent client skills” and works “extremely hard” for clients (Legal 500 2014, EU & Competition Law)

Sharp and responsive” (Legal 500 2013, EU & Competition Law)

An excellent team player” (Legal 500 2012, EU & Competition Law)